Coast2Cols for Grandad

Nick Warren (Year 8) is embarking on a mammoth challenge straight after the end of term to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society, by cycling from Calais to the French Alps in seven days! This will be a distance of 550 miles at between 70-80 miles per day, with no support crew and only his dad for company. This is a challenge that would make most adults very nervous, but Nick has a very good reason for taking this on. Nick’s grandfather lost his long battle with Alzheimer’s just before Easter, and that loss has inspired him to take the opportunity to raise money for further research in the hope that other families might avoid the great sadness of watching a loved one suffer in the way that his has. His target is £2,500 although he would be delighted to exceed it!
Nick has been training over Easter and half-term, building the miles and also taking on some big climbs in the French Alps, with the main event starting on Monday, 9th July. The challenge is not only to deal with the significant distance, but also whatever the weather throws at him, the fatigue and a sore backside, as well as any mechanical issues that are experienced along the way. The Jura mountains also need to be crossed before the Alps, and the ride will also involve climbing 4,700 metres of hills, which is the same height as Mont Blanc, Europe’s highest peak. There will be daily updates, photos and videos on the Face-book page (@Coast2Cols) during the ride and there is also a Just Giving page if any members of the OBH community feel inspired to support his efforts:

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